Below are several free resources that can aid you in learning a new language. Each of the resources is interactive and community-based aimed at making a lasting impression on your learning experience.
In Week #12, we learned about downloading audiobooks to your computer or device. Your library has recently added downloadable audiobooks from Pimsleur for dozens of world languages that are now available for check out.
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Cloud computing is a term that means the use of computer resources that are accessible from a network. For our purposes, that network is the internet.
Use of a cloud drive allows you to easily store and access your calendar, text documents, pictures, videos, and music files from devices with an internet connection. Storing your files in a cloud gives you ease of access, allows for easy disaster recovery, and makes sharing more simple. All of the cloud drives below require a user login, but are free.
Google has a full suite of cloud applications for your computer or Android powered device:
Drive upload or create text, spreadsheets, presentations, and artwork
Picasa upload and share all of your photos
Google Play take your music, eBooks, and eMagazines on the go
SkyDrive is Microsoft's cloud drive that allows you to keep Office files and your photographs at your fingertips anywhere you go.
iCloud is Apple's cloud computing service that allows you access to files, photos, apps, eBooks, and music with your computer or iOS.
Drop Box works like any other file folder on your computer, except that it syncs with all other computers or devices that have your drop box, including your online account.
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Click here to launch OneClickDigital from Recorded Books. Here you can download ebooks to listen to on your computer or mp3 player. There is a large selection of interesting books that you may find helpful on a long road trip, and the extensive collection of classics might help with books that you need to read for school.
Click here to get to the library's landing page for all things eBook. You can find all that you need to browse, checkout and download books on eReaders, tablets, iPads, iPods, and smartphones. Be sure to check out the instructions and FAQ's for your device.
Click here for more free eBooks that you can permanently download on the web. Mostly classics here, but that's a great way to get free books for school.
Click here to access the library's brand new eMagazine collection brought to you by recorded books and Zinio. You can access and enjoy 160 different titles on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
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Podcasting is a general term for any sort of web-related, episodic audio content or radio that can be streamed or downloaded to computers, mobile devices, or smartphones. In many ways, a Podcast is like an audio version of a blog. There are thousands of podcasts currently being broadcast from around the world and pertain to just about any subject imaginable. Many radio programs are available as podcasts after the show has aired.
Whether you are going to listen to a Podcast on a device or on your computer, you will need to use a particular type of app called a "podcatcher." These programs allow you to subscribe to a podcast and will automatically aggregate and download episodes to your device. Here are some free programs for popular platforms:
If you use Apple products and iTunes already, this is a non-brainer. Search online for a podcast an paste the URL into the "Subscribe to Podcast" option under Advanced. You can also use iTunes to search for other casts.
iTunes is freely for Mac and PC and can be used to subscribe to podcasts.
This American Life
The Splendid Table
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Since food is best enjoyed with others, we wanted to highlight websites that promote eating as a community function. Here are some sites that are community oriented that allow users to upload and share their favorite recipes and some stunning blogs to whet your holiday appetite. We have also included some free, fun apps to help you choose and prepare delicious recipes.
Social media is a great way to share recipes as well. Add photos of your creation onto Facebook, or organize your favorite recipes into a Pinterest board for all to see.
All Recipes Dinner Spinner
How to Cook Everything
Be sure to share a favorite recipe in the comment section below for a chance to be featured on the LFPL Tech Blog.
We will be taking next week off to celebrate the holidays, but check back with us the week after Thanksgiving for a new addition.
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